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      Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

      Released Oct 31, 2008 1h 35m Documentary List
      94% Tomatometer 51 Reviews 96% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew's child. Andrew's enraged parents campaign to gain custody of the child and convict their son's killer. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend's son an opportunity to discover who his dad was. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.

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      Mark Holcomb Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Rob Humanick Slant Magazine The most ambitious work of its kind. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 26, 2009 Full Review Hank Sartin Time Out Just take our advice and bring tissues. You're going to need them. Rated: 5/5 Nov 25, 2008 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row You can almost feel the love radiating out of every frame, from a father to a son who never met, but who will touch millions in ways they never thought possible. Rated: 4/4 Jul 7, 2019 Full Review C.J. Prince Way Too Indie It's one of the few films guaranteed to turn its viewers into a sobbing mess by the end, and the raw power of its story is why it still has a lasting impact with people today. Jun 20, 2019 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews An uneven yet frequently heartbreaking documentary... Rated: 3/4 Nov 27, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Cidal K Andrew and his story are so very special and are portrayed in quite literally the most magical way possible. What comes after is beyond tragic. Will always return to this story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/26/24 Full Review Robert R Probably one of the most unforgivingly devastating and infuriating documentaries — nay, films overall — you'll ever watch. A movie that'll make you, your hopes and your opinions of people in general feel so small and empty. A story I've been aware of for some time, but have just never had the guts to see in its lauded cinematic depiction. More than one good thing may have come out of "Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father." Changes made in society at large and to legislation in Canada in specific. But, at what cost? As a thinking, feeling human being, it's hard not to dwell solely on the abject horror of everything that happened. Here's hoping that someone further down the line can look back on all that's been prevented since the events in question and be truly grateful. Right now, though, it's just still hard. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/30/23 Full Review Rick W Advance warning especially for parents, this movie is devastating, maybe more than any other movie you've ever seen. Its best if you don't know to much about the motive so just know awful things happen but you'll meet two of the most amazing people that will give you hope for humanity. They are as close to saints as I have ever seen. This is a must watch and I guarantee it will stay with you for years. Easily the saddest documentary I have ever watched. If this movie doesn't move you then I would check for a pulse. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/28/23 Full Review Bonnie L This movie was heartbreaking. If it wasn't bad enough that the father of this young fella was murdered but what happens to this little boy is just an injustice. So very sad for the grandparents. I did enjoy all the footage and the thoughtfulness of saving it for Zachary. Tear jerker! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/26/23 Full Review Theo M I can't wait to watch this again someday. Bit dehydrated after lots of tears to this beautiful and loving film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/22/23 Full Review Patryk G Documentary filled with raw emotions. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew's child. Andrew's enraged parents campaign to gain custody of the child and convict their son's killer. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend's son an opportunity to discover who his dad was.
      Director
      Kurt Kuenne
      Producer
      Kurt Kuenne
      Screenwriter
      Kurt Kuenne
      Production Co
      MSNBC Network
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 31, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 24, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 35m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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